Hey all, Ive been getting a few comments a messages asking for a review after posting pics of my Unlocked BlackBerry Storm (on AT&T) and i thought id just give a little review! This is coming from a weeks use with it after switching from the iPhone 3G I bought the original iPhone the day it came out (6 hour line wait baha) and it was great, upgraded to the 3G the day it came out also. Its been fun but i always felt soo "restricted" using them, kinda like a "big brother" phone or something. im not trying to bash on it at all, i loved the iphone and i own many macs but i just wanted more freedom! So now here i am with the new BlackBerry Storm 9530 from Verizon wireless (UNLOCKED for AT&T) and i gotta tell you i havent been happier! The phone is a blast, very fun to use and very very packed with useful things! SCREEN Its a step up from the iphone (in my eyes) with the first things being the screen. Its a 3.3" screen running at 360x480 which is slightly higher than the iphones. AND IT SHOWS! The screen is plastic tho, but a very strong one. I was able to take my keys to it and not even get a scratch on it! BUT the biggest thing is that the screen yes is a full button, and when i say that i mean the whole screen clicks down. Now this is cool. You can touch anywhere on the screen to preform some operations but most require the full click! It feels pretty neat and makes typing feel like a full keyboard! I think its a selling point for me, to have the feel of the keyboard on a touch screen. BUTTONS Below the screen are 4 softkeys. Call/Send - Menu - Back - End. With all blakberrys and their owner will agree with me, the Menu button (one with the BB symbol on it) is the power button. One click of this anywhere on the phone opens a beautiful list of so many options its amazing. This phone can do it all and more! The top of the phone there are two more very soft keys hidden below the flush 1 piece edging. The lock button, which does the exact same as the lock button on the iphone, and the Mute button, which also does what it sounds like. Theres then a Volume rocker button as well as 2 user programable buttons (one on each side) which you can make do anything. Very useful and well placed buttons. EXTRAS It comes with a beautiful 3.2 Megapixel camera WITH flash that takes amazing pictures in every lighting condition. Veryyy impressed with the camera. It also can record good sized and quality videos that get saved to the included (get this) 8gig Micro SD card!! The card comes free with all 9530 models! Its also equipped with a 3.5mm Headphone jack a rare on most phones these days. HARDWARE Its running on a 624MHz CPU loaded with 192MB of RAM and 1GB of onboard storage. (mostly for the system). Its a pretty fast phone hardware wise. Its also has a 1400mAh Lithium Ion Battery. Which i can get a full days light useage untill it is dead around 9-10. pretty good time. Its powerfull but like youll read in the next part, its held down by its OS. OS Currently im running 188.8.131.52 and i think its a pretty stable release. With little lag and memory leak its a great touch screen OS. The menu's are easy to navigate through with many finger gestures to help you on your way. This OS is packed with anything and everything you could WANT! From SMS and MMS messaging all the way to the Browser and WORD,EXCEL and POWERPOINT to go apps make this a serious task machine. Theres to many apps to mention as alot can be download but ill list a few, Browser, Clock, Camera + Video Camera, Instant Messaging, Maps, MemoPad, Tasks, Calculator, Voice Notes, Voice Dialing, Password Keeper, BrickBreaker, Word Mole ect.. Theres many more apps on here that arnt included on phones such as the iPhone which would actually cost money! To me this is a great feat. Alot of productivity and entertainment comes from this phone! The neverending "do whatever you want menus" as i call them live up to there name, you can litterly highlight anything click the menu button and get a huge list of seriously anything to do. Send it, email it, move it, delete it, change it, options anything! Makes the phone live up to the BlackBerry REP. There is its downfalls. Such as memory leak or loosing memory from running applications. From a clean Storm you start with pretty much 50mb or App Memory that gets used and replaced with apps running. Its kinda a drag if your doing alot and things start to go slow and you need to close a few apps and sometimes do a full battery pull for a refreshed memory. Its no biggie it doesnt happen that much. I just think that the OS could be more stable and lag free in an upcomming release. It really just comes down to the hardware being YEARS ahead of the OS it feels like. MEDIA The phone as i said comes pre installed with a 8gig MicroSD card. It gives you the freedom of 4,000 songs or 16,954 photos, or 11 hours of both recorded video and movies. Great to have something like this included! Can also be upgraded to i 16gig cards. The Media apps are great, one click of the actual Media App brings you up to beautiful menu letting you choose between Music-Videos-Ring Tones-Pictures-Voice Notes. Clicking music gives you a sort of all black themed iphone music app look. Clicking a song will display its name, album, artist and Album Artwork if loaded on. Video and ringtones does the same as the music just with.. you guessed it.. video or ring tones. Pictures brings you to a menu of folders where you can view your loaded pics or the pics you can take is a thumbnail view of rows of 3x3. you can click on a photo, zoom, pan around then flick your finger to switch to the next one same as iphone. BUT you then can click the famous Menu button and choose to send it, copy it, move, rename, delete it, send to myspace/facebook, email, send MMS set as anything, ALOT more. Really this is a phone of freedom! Voice notes gives you the option to see all your recordings and record more, a simple app that is productive. CONNECTION The Storm uses a connection CDMA 3G, as well as GSM 2G (EDGE). If you have the storm on Verizon (its actual carrier) youll be given the joy of using the fast 3G for emails, browser, and all other apps that use the internet connection. As for me and anyone else who uses or wants their storm unlocked, you STUCK to the 2G EDGE using the SIM card. Its no biggie its still decently fast... actually who am i kidding EDGE is slow as !@%#. Its useful with email tho. The biggest downfall is... NO WIFI! Unbelievable. Other than that its solid. Call clarity is excellent and the speakerphone is incredible! Ive never heard such a crisp and loud speaker on a phone. GREAT for playing music. UNLOCKING Unlocking the Storm is a task but is a joy to use when unlocked!. If you have Verizon and have been a customer for over 60 days all it takes is a call to Global Support and a little sweet talk to get the 15 digit unlock code from them. If not and your like me your option was to buy a 800$ one from ebay OR payfull retail price 600$ and unlock it myself ( i have years of phone unlocking experiance, its not something you can just do with the storm, its a home built program and actually pretty hard to operate) THEN your not done, depening on what carrier your going to use (T-Mobile and AT&T only right now) You have to delete certain files, replace them with custom service packs from your carrier and put all the pieces back together! Its a job but i enjoy doing it and now have a pretty sick phone on AT&T. If anyone is interested more about Unlocked Storms PM me. IN THE END This phone is a great phone, i look forward to using it more in the future and helping people with it. I think its a great start being BB's first Touch Screen phone and it does indeed need work, and that will come with future-soon-to-be-soon UPDATES! I give it a 9.0 out of 10.0 seeing as the OS could use some tweaks. If anyones has any requests or questions feel free to PM me or post in this thread! Im a happy first time BlackBerry OWNER NOW! Thanks! Sorry about the dust!